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24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Course

Intermediate

Trail

17.0 mile 27.3 kilometer loop
85% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 917' 279 m
Descent: -915' -279 m
High: 4,112' 1,253 m
Low: 3,584' 1,092 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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A fun loop that is home to the famous 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo race.

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Features -none-

Must have a State Land Use permit. Please close gates. This is open range.

Overview

Away from everything, this trail is only busy one week out of the year.

Watch out for ruts on the Gasline. You carry a lot of speed here and they can be hard to see. There is also the singletrack Gasline bypass that makes for a more enjoyable ride and makes the loop 99% singletrack. I will try to add this trail ASAP.

Watch for Cows! They can be moody. Watch for Cow pies. They can be gross.

Need to Know

Bring plenty of water. No water is available on the trail. A GPS is recommended. The MTBProject.com app works great.

Description

Thanks to SDMB.org for the description.

Located north of Oracle off of Willow Springs Road, the course for Epic Rides Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo has added some singletrack. This course is appropriate for all riders, from beginners who have accomplished the basic skills of speed and direction control to the elite level racer, as it meanders on jeep roads and singletrack over rolling terrain. Long, gradual climbs precede long, gradual descents on the singletrack, and short, steep climbs precede short steep descents on the rolling gasline jeep road (aka The Bitches). If you dont like the Bitches, feel free to use the new, fun Skip The Bitches trail, which breaks off to the right just after you cross the cattle guard and road. Experienced riders need to check out the Slickrock Woohoo , a short descent on a big rock face at the end of the race lap. This is a popular spot for spectators!

This is an early morning ride or cool weather outing. Bring lots of water as there is none available. You'll have to stop and go through a few fences and corral. Always close the gates behind you, as it is open-range and you'll see cattle. Also be aware this is State Land so you MUST have a State Land Permit (or be ready to pay the fine if youre caught without one). Though enforcement typically isnt that common during the year, it is ramped up close to the race in February.

There is also a couple new trails, Bones and Painter Boy, which break off of Highpoint trail after you pass under the powerlines. These are not officially part of the racecourse, but are quite a bit of fun if youd like to add a couple more miles into your ride.

Directions: Head north on Oracle past Oracle Junction to Willow Springs Road which is about 1.2 mile before the turn to Biosphere II. Take a left (the only way you can go) on Willow Springs for about 6.5 miles until you get to an arch which crosses the road announcing Willow Springs Ranch. Just past the arch the main road curves right with a less-used road breaking of straight/left. Turn on this less-used road, and youll find a large parking area. Park here, and the singletrack starts on the right side of the parking area. Looking at the map, you are in the lower right corner and would ride counter-clockwise up JuneBug Trail.

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Jan 18, 2020
Don Singer
The trail is in great shape, SDMB volunteers are making it even better. I think this is some of the most fun singletrack in AZ. Lots of other trails 17mi — 1h 52m
Jan 11, 2020
Aaron Davis
Mar 31, 2019
Linda Topping
came back for a 2nd try when the weather was good. some of the roads and gates became tedious but the trails were fun! 17mi
Jan 24, 2019
Val Ellwein
Jan 23, 2019
Val Ellwein
Fabulous
Dec 25, 2018
Maven 1959
Awesome ride! 17mi — 2h 00m
Mar 10, 2018
Daniel LeClaire
Feb 17, 2018
Laura Bricklin
17mi

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Photos

Looking down "The Rock" at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo event and camping area.
Sep 20, 2014 near Catalina, AZ
Small rock garden on High Point Trail.
Dec 3, 2019 near Catalina, AZ
Perfect arrangement of rocks for sitting.
Jan 4, 2018 near Catalina, AZ
Looking down the rock.
Jan 4, 2018 near Catalina, AZ
During any of the events held here, this fork is usually well marked, however at other times this turn onto the singletrack can be easily missed.
Jan 13, 2017 near Oracle, AZ
From here, the trail winds its way up to that powerline and then over the saddle behind the peak in the distance.
Jan 13, 2017 near Oracle, AZ

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